This week marks National Autism Awareness Week, and Mam Cymru is really pleased to hear about S4C’s new TV series, which has been designed to meet the needs of children with autism.

The Oli Wyn series will be broadcasted as part of S4C’s CYW strand, for children 3 – 6 years old. It’s a series about vehicles, cars and machinery, which appeal to all children, especially autistic children as they enjoy sequences, mechanisms and learning about how things work.

Oli Wyn has been developed by Twt Productions who have been working closely with advisors from the National Autism Society in Wales. Siwan Jobbins from Twt Production says;

“The main attraction of Oli Wyn will be vehicles of all shapes and sizes, and the sounds they make. I hope the children will enjoy discovering their movements and sounds as the vehicles participate in all sorts of tasks. I had the idea for this series after spending time with my nephew, who loves vehicles. It’s amazing how much children know about vehicles.”

As CYW celebrates its 10th birthday this year, I’m sure that parents throughout Wales and beyond will be pleased to learn that this children’s service is continuing to develop new and ground breaking ideas. Oli Wyn will be the first Welsh TV programme which has been developed to meet the needs of children with autism. Meleri Thomas from the National Autism Society in Wales has really enjoyed being involved in this exciting project;

“It’s been a fantastic project to be involved in. I would like to thank Twt Productions for being so ready to listen to our advice, as they developed the first Welsh programme which puts children with autism at the heart of the creative process. I really hope that autistic children and their families will enjoy following the adventures of Oli Wyn, and enjoy learning about how different vehicles and machinery works.”

The first programme will air this Friday, March 30th at 08:10 as part of National Autism Awareness Week. Welsh learners and those who don’t speak Welsh can still enjoy this programme, as well as all the CYW programmes, thanks to S4C’s subtitles.

I’m sure we all know families who are living with autism, and I’m sure that Mam Cymru speaks on behalf of all families when we say a huge thanks to Twt Productions and S4C for acknowledging the need for this new service. Pob lwc – Good luck to Oli Wyn, we can’t wait to watch the first programme on Friday!

By Heulwen Davies, Mam Cymru

*For more information about living with Autism, visit http://www.autism.org.uk

*For further help call the NAS helpline: 0808 800 4104, Mon – Thurs: 10.00am-4.00pm; Friday: 9.00am-3.00pm

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